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they helped them for free. you know you've reached a new low when a business doesn't even want to bill you. it feels so badly for you . bill: we've got to run everybody, have a great tuesday. "happening now" starts now. jenna: a new poll shows hillary clinton pulling further ahead of donald trump as we wait for the republican presidential candidate to hold a rally in virginia. battleground states could be key to mister trump's chances of winning the white house, all the more reason to take a look. welcome to "happening now", i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. trump continues to stir up controversy from his criticism of a fallen soldier's family to report of his own deferments in the vietnam era.
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the latest poll shows hillary clinton enjoying a surge after the democratic convention. in a cnn poll taken over the weekend, clinton leads trump by nine points and it's the third survey to give her a convention is our political panel, charlie hurt, columnist with the washington times. charles krauthammer, editor at national journal. charlie, hillary is up, got that convention bounce.the question is how long can it last? can she keep it? >> both candidates are donned by controversy where hillary has her son and donald trump has gary johnson, both taking up a good 15 percent which is at this point i imagine that as we go forward those numbers are going to erode some as both sides try to vilify the other candidate much that it drives voters back to their home base. but it's hard to say at this point exactly how long this kind of bounce will last for hillary . jon: barack obama famously said in that speech that launched him to national
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prominence, there's no black america, there's no white america but donald trump is having a lot of problems among nonwhite americans. >> this is a very racially polarized electorate and donald trump is flatlining with three important constituencies: nonwhite voters, he's doing five or six points worse than mitt romney did in 2012. he's doing worse with republican women which is a big problem for trump to win this election and is also doing poorly among college educated white voters. mitt romney on college get educated white voters 55 points, donald trump is losing by five points in this poll so it is difficult to find a path to the majority or a plurality for donald trump if he can't turn those numbers around with you those key constituencies be on sticking with you for a moment, donald trump has been so critical of the romney campaign, said it was so poorly run and he's not even keeping up with mitt romney?
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>> he's doing better than romney with blue-collar white voters by a little bit according to the cnn poll and some other: two but it's more than made up with the struggles he's had with some of romney's best groups, college-educated voters and republican women, groups that romney did well within 2012 overall the strength donald trump has with blue-collar white voters he's doing worse than mitt romney did by a significant margin among a lot of other voting groups. jon: that's what i wanted to ask charlie. he has suggested that he could kick off states like pennsylvania that didn't go for romney . that support among blue-collar voters is enough to carry him even though he doesn't get some of the other groups that might traditionally vote republican . >> to be sure, donald trump has an opportunity unlike many republicans in recent times to go into territories likepennsylvania , like wisconsin, perhaps even michigan, ohio, places like that and appeal to voters on
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economic basis, especially for voters and bring a message of economic renewal. the problem is that hillary clinton, democrats in particular and hillary clinton also, they are very good at doing these polarizing campaigns. all the demographics, they slice and dice people based on their race, based on ethnicity and gender and then they tailor specific messages to these people and that's going to be a real obstacle or whether donald trump is able to get through all that and bring a colorblind message. if he is able to do that, i think there's a real chance that he actually even does appeal to more black voters and hispanic voters are economically in tough situations. jon: both of these candidates enjoy historically high negative numbers so there's a
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lot of antipathy toward both of them from voters. it seems like either the one who has the best get out the vote organization is going to win or the one who can most convince people that the other person is perhaps a problem or a danger in the white house. >> to be sure, if it was any other republican that donald trump he would be meeting hillary clinton right now. it has been a missed opportunity this year for republicans but even the state that trump is looking to play in like pennsylvania or wisconsin, you still have a significant democratic base in pennsylvania, the city of philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs so even if trump does better in some more rural parts of the state is offset by the more suburban parts of these rust belt states even the electoral map, the rust belt
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strategy for trump has a lot of issues and a lot of obstacles for him to prevail in these states. jon: is one thing to win the republican nomination but then you have to broaden it out. is he broadening his appeal enough to win the general? >> he's trying his best and he's doing it in the states that are really overwhelming, i've never seen such a media onslaught . it's universally opposed to a candidate the way we've seen with donald trump. you look at the coverage of the democratic convention versus the public and convention, it was the democratic convention was almost fawning. obviously hillary clinton got a nice bounce out of it but i would say i'm so surprised she didn't get a bigger bounce and i'm surprised donald trump got any bounce at all given the amount of negative coverage directed toward, whether it was mililani at trump's speech or whatever just picking it apart and like i said, the fawning coverage of philadelphia. so in the face of that, he's got a lot of problems.
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yes, he brings a lot of those problems on himself such as the situation with the kahn family but it's going to take a huge effort all the more in the face of that. jon: he also has raised what, $38 million inthe last reporting month , weigh less than mitt romney raised. does he bring that problem on himself, josh, by criticizing big-money donors like the coke brothers? >> is having issues raising money and when you look at the disparity of spending in some of these big battleground states including the midwestern rust belt states that he is hoping to play for, the disparity between the clinton spending and trump spending is like night and day. the clintons are spending tens of millions of dollars with support from allied super pacs and trump is barely spending anything. i never seen a campaign where the republican candidate is not even contesting in these battleground states with resources like you would see with more romney or mccain or
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any previous nominee. trump said he's going to spend more of his own money in october but the cake will be already baked with the electorate. jon: we will see what happens. thanks for coming in and talking about these latest numbers. josh, and charlie from washington times, thank you both. jenna: breaking now, forces loyal to the libyan government advancing inside an islamic state stronghold after a new round of us airstrikes. those strikes authorized by the president at libby's request as a new government bear, the new government forces trying to retake a coastal city held by militants for more than a year. our senior foreign affairs correspondent has the new details from o london bureau. reporter: absolutely new in the past couple of minutes getting new details about new airstrikes rapidly becoming another important front in the us-led war against isis. these bombing runs are targeting the libyan city of cert that has become in the
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last year or so yet another isis stronghold. government allied militias have been battling isis there with some success and today, more games but this follows closely coordinated airstrikes by the united states in the past couple of days that we now know had tanks, fighting positions, weaponry as well as vehicles area we now know also a lot of this firepower is coming from the navy and 50th assault ship, the uss wasp stationed off the coast of libya. we are told the strikes are emanating from various positions, various platforms including marine harrier jump jets, reaper drones and even rocket fire from doctors. there are risks though. one told me that the isis militants if they are defeated in surt could simply go to other parts of the country, creating at other terror attacks like last
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year's execution of christian prisoners on the libyan beach and the country itself cannot, ever since the trampling of muammar cannot be five years agoremains unstable. the government on their very shaky, militias are fighting militia and there are elements there also al qaeda linked terrorists . we want to underscore this comic important information that we are seen come together in the past few minutes, this is a major operation, a new us-led effort against isis to try to get them along with ground troops out of another stronghold city as the tree three-phase operation involving surveillance, ships and helicopters, involving fighter planes, involving reaper drones, mostly controlled by the africana, that's the african command military wing based in stuttgart germany and that's who we were talking with along with pentagon information, this is something we will be watching. jenna: thank you for that new
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information greg. jon: some disturbing information on a spy inside the fbi. an electronics technician who worked for the fbi for two decades and had top secret security clearance pled guilty to selling information to the chinese. doug mackle way live in washington with that. reporter: 'sname is john, but he's widely known as joe michon, born in china was naturalized in the us and worked as an electronics technician for the fbi said 97. yesterday he pled guilty to one count of acting as an agent of china. he told the judge quote, between 2011 and 2016 on various occasions i acted at the direction of a chinese official. at the time, i knew that was wrong and i am for my actions. the department of justice photographed documents in a restricted area of the fbi's new york field office,
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documents that included details about surveillance technology used by the fbi. he set the photographs to his personal cell phone and later set them to quote, chinese official number one in china. in addition, the government alleges that in secretly recorded meetings with an fbi undercover agent, chun said he wanted to introduce the agent to some of his chinese associates. he told the agent that he expected a cut of any payments the agent received for providing information to the chinese government. quote, i could get you connected then i'm going to stay off. you do your thing, you make your money and i don't really care but if you make any money just give me a little bit. he also admitted that he knew he was supposed to have disclosed numerous fbi disclosure forms, all contact with foreign nationals. he failed to do so. china scheduled to be sentenced in december and faces a minimum of two years in prison and a maximum of 10 years area john, back to you. jon: damaging information. dot away, thank you. jenna: tracking home
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purchases by shell companies, this is expanding. why it matters for every homeowner in america and we want to hear from you. do you think hillary clinton can hold onto her convention bounce? go to to join the conversation. >>
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we take you to the room of the white house, the president appearing there with prime minister lee of singapore holding a joint news conference. trade of the issue in this election. the transpacific partnership, the president supports hillary clinton now says she opposes it. let's listen to the president >> ... the essential pillar of our foreign policy. we agreed to continue building on this process. the us and singapore are united in our commitment to advancing regional security and stability. our defense relationship remains one of the closest in
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southeast asia with hundreds of american ship and aircraft rotating through singapore each year. as i told the prime minister we welcome singapore's interest in purchasing the 35 aircraft and will also explore the possibility of singaporean troops training on guam. at the same time, we will continue working to strengthen regional institutions like nausea in line with the principles we agreed to at sunny lands earlier this year and we reaffirmed our shared commitment to building a regional order where all nations play by the same rules and disputes are resolved peacefully including in the south china sea. we agreed to do more to encourage economic growth and innovation among our economies. with a little over a decade, trade between our two countries has grown more than 50 percent. we are collaborating to jump start greater digital innovation including research and development into technology and data to prove and promote smart cities concepts that can improve the daily lives of our citizens.
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we will do more connect to connect our vibrant startup communities so an engineer in singapore can collaborate with workers in silicon valley or austin texas. with respect to trade there's an issue that stirs great passion. globalization means economies around the world are more integrated than ever in jobs and capital and move across borders. automation means that goods and products can be produced with fewer workers and these forces of globalization and technology have not always benefited everybody evenly. there are fears and anxieties that people may be left behind. and these anxieties are legitimate, they can't be ignored and have to be taken seriously. and i've saidbefore that means we have to do everything we can to make sure everybody shares in prosperity , that we have strong rules for to protect workers , that promote high wages to make sure our citizens are getting the education and the training they need.
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but the answer cannot be to back away from trade and the global economy. it is here to stay. it's not possible to cut ourselves off. given how integrated our economies are and trying to pull up a drawbridge on trade would only hurt us and our workers will the answer is to make sure globalization and trade is working for us, not against us and that's why today we are reaffirming our commitments to the transpacific partnership. i'm a strong supporter of tpb because it will reduce terrace, taxes basically on american goods from cars to props and make it easier for americans to export into the fastest growing markets of the world. tpp levels the playing field for our workers and helps ensure countries abide by strong labor and environmental rules so this is an opportunity to grow our economies and write the rules for trade in the 21st century
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in a world that's equitable. it gives us a chance to advance american leadership, reduce economic inequality and support paying jobs while strengthening critical strategic relationships in a vital region area so i think not only is tpp important but the prime minister and i agree that we need to extend our partnership beyond just regional efforts. we have work to do on a global scale. singapore was the first country in southeast asia to join the global coalition to destroy isis and we are grateful they are making new contributions by providing valuable medical support to coalition forces. as to nations on the forefront of digital innovation we recognized the growing threat from cyber attacks and work to strengthen cyber security and promote peaceful norms on how nations should operate in cyberspace. singapore, garden city help
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to achieve the paris climate agreement last year and prime minister, thank you for your commitment to work toward joining the paris agreement this year. we are working closely with the international community to reduce armful aviation omissions and phaseout agencies. and our two countries will continue to work together to advance global security so the world is better prepared to address the threat of pandemics area last point. we agreed to keep promoting people to people types between our two countries. we are expanding our trusted travelers program to make it easier for americans and singaporeans to sit each other, do business together. i welcome singapore's announcement of the new exchange program which will include scholarships for students of our two countries and through our young southeast asian leaders initiative we are going to keep empowering young people in singapore and across the region to become the leaders
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of tomorrow in their own communities in business and civil society. i will note that i had a chance to meet one of those young singapore leaders at a summit in kuala lumpur last year, a remarkable young woman named terry, who is helping underprivileged women become self-sufficient. carrie talked about coming together with young people from across southeast asia. she said we are bonded in our common endeavor to seek, understand and learn from one another in pursuit of our expirations to a better world. young people like kerry give me hope and prime minister li, based on our work together i feel confident singapore and the united states will advance our shared aspirations for a better world for many years to come. with that, let me turn it over to you after prime minister. >> thank you esther obama. president obama, distinguished guests i am happy to be here on an
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official visit for the 50th anniversary of our diplomatic relations. i'd like to thank president obama for his gracious hospitality and or his attention to our bilateral relations as well as the pacific and for his good wishes on the condition of our former president. the president and i had a substantiative conversation on a wide range of issues. we affirmed our strong and long-standing partnership of strong economic ties for the singapore free trade agreement. singapore is america's largest trading partner in the southeast pacific where the us is singapore's largest foreign investor and many american companies run their regional headquarters in singapore and american companies also trade with america and the relationship here. we have robust cooperation under the mo you in 1990 and the strategic framework agreement which concluded in 2005.
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last year we concluded the enhanced defense cooperation agreement which expands cooperation into new areas like unitarian assistance and disaster relief, cyber defense and counterterrorism. we are also deepening security cooperation between our agencies in areas like counterterrorism, cyber crime, corruption, transportation security and illicit trade enforcement and expanding into new areas such as cyber security while agencies are signing in mo you to work together to protect national security and economic interest against cyber attack. we also share an interest in smart cities so we have discussed how cities can use technology to tackle problems from healthcare to transportation to delivery of public services and there's a lot of interest from companies on both sides. underpinning the ties between the two countries are the friendships and relationships between our people area
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thousands of american students are studying and working in singapore. thousands of singaporeans are studying and working in america and last sunday i hosted a national day reception in our embassy and 600 people showed up. it's fitting to mark this special occasion of our 50th anniversary that we are launching a scholarship for singaporeans and americans to enable undergraduates to do exchanges in each other's country and draw our young people closer together and get to know each other's societies, cultures, strengths and opportunities to cooperate together. with recent implement trusted traveler program thatwill also facilitate travel by singaporeans to the us , the president and i discussed the tpp and the president gave an eloquent explanation of why it is important to america and also asia. it's an integral component of america's free balance to
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asia. apart from the economic benefits, trade access it's also vital on a point of view and a strong signal of the us commitment to continue its deep engagement in the region. we greatly appreciate the efforts of the president and his team to push for the tpp which grew from a small fda which singapore had started with chile and new zealand, the p4 group and now the tpp will be a free trade agreement encompassing 40 percent of the words population and one third of the world gdp. we are near the finish line and we hope the countries particularly the us will be able to ratify the tpp as soon as possible. finally, the president and i discussed our partnership in tackling global challenges like counterterrorism. it's a problem for all
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countries. every day in the newspapers you read of newarktaxes somewhere. america, europe, middle east, closer to home in indonesia and asia. we in southeast asia are very concerned about this . because the terrorists are active in many countries in the region. thousands from southeast asia and the middle east fighting isis and we have witnessed attacks in both indonesia and malaysia that were melted by isis followers under orders from isis operatives in the middle east to launch attacks in their home countries. so the efforts to counter isis are crucial and that's why singapore is a member of the coalition and we are making a modest contribution to the effort. we're going to be sending a medical team to iraq. we have already been participating with fueling and image interpretation and in other ways and now we are going to send a medical team into iraq. it is also important to fundamentally address the root source of violent
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extremism in order to counter the underlying ideology of isis as well as to address the issues of extremists and views being propagated by isil so these are major issues we have discussed among our two countries and we look forward to working together and taking our relationship even further. first question is margaret. >> thank you mister president. given the republican nominee's recent comments about the kahn family and his statement that if he was president he would consider recognizing russia's annexation of crimea, does it make you question his fitness to be president and secondly, on libya, you said in the past that the worst mistake of your presidency may have
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been your failure to plan for the aftermath of that 2011 nato intervention in libya. you see your new decision to bomb isil that there is a directresult? >> yes. i think the republican nominee is unfit to serve as president . i said so last week and he keeps on proving it. the notion that he would attack a gold star family, that has made such extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our country, the fact that he doesn't appear to have basic knowledge around critical issues in europe, in the middle east , in asia means that he's woefully unprepared to do this job. and this is not just my opinion. i think what's been
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interesting is the repeated denunciations of his statements by leading republicans. house and the senate majority leader and prominent republicans likejohn mccain . and the question i think that they have to ask themselves is, if you are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him? what does this say about your party this is your standardbearer? this isn't a situation where you have an episodic gaffe.
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this is daily. and weekly, where they are distancing themselves from statements he's making area there has to be a point at which you say this is not somebody i can support for president of the united states. even if he purports to be a member of my party. and the fact that that has not yet happened makes some of these denunciations ring hollow. i don't doubt their sincerity. i don't doubt that they are outraged about some of the statements that mister trump and his supporters made about the kahn family. but there has to come a point at which you say somebody who makes those kinds of statements doesn't have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding to occupy
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the most powerful position in the world. because a lot of people depend on the white house getting stuff right. and this is different than just having policy disagreements. i recognize that they all profoundly disagree with myself or hillary clinton on tax policy or on certain elements of foreignpolicy . but there have been republican presidents with whom i disagreed with but i didn't have a doubt that they could function as president. i think i was right and mitt romney and john mccain were wrong on certain policy issues but i never thought that they couldn't do the job.
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and had a one, i would have been disappointed but i would have said to all americans that this is our president and i know they're going to abide by certain norms and rules and common sense. will observe basic decency. will have enough knowledge about economic policy and foreign policy and our constitutional traditions and rule of law that our government will work and then we will compete for years from now to try to win an election. but that's not the situation here. and that's not just my opinion. that is the opinion of many prominent republicans. there has to come a point at
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which you say enough and the alternative is that the entire party, the republican party, effectively and horses and validates the distance being articulated by mister trump and as i said in my speech last week i don't think that actually represents the views of a lot of republicans out there. with respect to libya, you know, i have said on several occasions that we did the right thing in preventing what could have been a massacre, a bloodbath in libya and we did so as part of an international coalition and under un mandate. but i think that all of us collectively were not sufficiently attended to what had happened the day after
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and the day after that in order to ensure that there were strong structures in place to assure basic security and peace inside of libya. the good news is that we now have the beginnings of a government and a government of national accord. they are serious about trying to bring all the factions together, to start creating a basic security structure, to begin to monitor libya's borders and cooperate internationally to deal with issues like isil penetration on their territory. and at the request of the government, after they had already made significant progress against isil and had
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essentially pushed isil into a very confined area in and around surt, it is in america's national security interest in our fight against isil to make sure that they are able to finish the job and so we are working in partnership with them to assure that isil does not get a stronghold in libya even as libya begins what is going to be long process to establish a functioning government and security system there so the good news is that they recognize this terrorist organization is contrary to their national interests as well as the worlds and we are hopeful that having completed
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this process in driving isil out, they will then be in a position to start bringing the parties together inside that country and not only us but the europeans and other countries around the world have a great interest in seeing stability in libya because that, the absence of stability has helped to fuel some of the challenges we've seen in terms of the migration crisis in europe and some of the humanitarian tragedies we'veseen in the open seas between libya and europe . >> nicholas? thank you. first question for prime minister li. i've spoken about the continuation of the us rebalancing of a significant part of peace and stability in asia. how do you envision the continuation of the seating
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in the next 50 years and what role do you see singapore playing in this complex, what are some of the hot button issues you would like to interface as the us continues its rebalance. second question, you mentioned a strong bipartisan links that singapore has had with nine different us presidents on both sides of the political divide, a strong record there. how do we address the us leader which has also found that more closed off, more anti-globalization for example we see that in november . president obama has a question about the military collaboration which has been a cornerstone of the relationship between singapore and the us, especially coming on the heels of the latest announcement of the medical team to the global coalition against isil of the rising threat of terror in asia and the rest of the world, the potential for military concentration in the south china sea, how do you see singapore featuring in us plans to address this going forward? last question, four more years, i think you've been
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hearing it in the last couple weeks and months and while that's not possible, if it were how would you continue developing relationships with singapore? what would be your key focus going forward in maybe the next 50 years as well? >> 50 years is a very long time.50 years ago, nobody imagined what the world would be like today or what singapore would be like today. and that we would have such a deep and broad relationship and so many things to do together. we would like to build on this for the next 50 years. it depends on how each of our countries does in singapore where there will be an ability to remain stable and successful and in america whether you remain one of the dynamic , vibrant leading economies in the world in which there are other powers, other centers of creativity and technology and science
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and progress but yet a unique participant with a history of contributing to the world, not just for your own interests but because you believe that the world would be a better place for all countries. and if america can do that and if singapore can maintain our success, then i think there are many opportunities for us to make common cause together and then rebalancing which the president has enunciated and executed for many years,. it would be a very different world if the countries, other countries will slow down and demographics will have a big factor to come. as we look at japan, the population has been shrinking and they will have to do something somehow to turn it around, otherwise 50 more years of population shrinking
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and you have a very mall country left . in terms of economy and in terms of influence internationally. singapore too has demographic issues. america has demographic change, the population is not drinking but the composition is changing and in this situation we have to adjust to a new world, maintaining our position and the ability to compete and yet knowing that is not going to be the same as it was in 1946 when america had half the world's gdp so, or one quarter of the world gdp so that's the crucial factor over the next 50 years. as for what we do over bipartisan lengths, there's us leader who is more closed off and wants to turn inward, i don't think this is the right forum or if there is any right forum for me to talk about us politics and public at this moment. we will work with weber is the us administration, whichever party. we've worked with five republican and for democrat administrations and our
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experience of american elections , presidential elections has been that many pressures build up during the election campaign and after the elections in a caller, cooler atmosphere positions are we thought. strategies are nuanced and a certain balance is kept in the direction of the ship of state. it doesn't turned completely upside down. the americans take pride in having a system of checks and balances so that it is not so easy to do things but it's not so easy to completely messed things up. [laughter] and we admire that and sometimes we depend upon that. >> he's absolutely right. the wisdom of our founders.
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with respect to military cooperation, obviously singapore is a small country but as i said before it punches above its weight. because so much of our work in the asia pacific region is not a matter of active conflict but rather creating an architecture of framework of rules and norms that keeps the peace and that has underwritten security for the region and for us for many years now. and singapore is so often the adult in the room. the level head that can help us work with a wide range of countries around certain issues, help diffuse tensions . in many ways diplomatic work and collaboration that we do in singapore is as critical
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if not more critical than the work militarily but what is also true is the nature of grants today. when you think of cyber threats or our concern about enforcing sanctions against north korea to ensure non-proliferation of nuclear materials or being able to counter a message isil in a place like southeast asia and ensure information sharing with countries where there may be a budding terrorist threat, those are all issues of military finesse and intelligence and precision and those are areas where singapore itself so in addition to being a very important logistical hub and
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center for our operations, the partnership we are able to maintain helps us to work with a whole range of other countries, much more effectively than we would if singapore weren't there and we were having to just try to gather up all these countries individually and that's where ozzie on and the east asia summit has been important because it is institutionalizing many of these practices in ways that hopefully avoid conflict in the first place which would be in everybody's interest area as far as where the relationship goes, i think the prime minister is right, 50 years from now it's very hard to anticipate where we are going but there's certain trends that i think are inevitable.
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the asia pacific region will continue to grow and will continue to account for a larger share of the world economy. there are going to be countries in the southeast asian region that look to follow the path of singapore into a mature, advanced economy. it is going to be a bigmarket . and the united states is still going to have a massive interest in maintaining itself as an asian pacific park power and maintaining strong bonds of trade and commerce and scientific exchange and educational exchange. and given the close strategic interest but maybe even more importantly close people to people ties between america
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and singapore, i think we can anticipate that will be just as strong 50 years from now as it is today. singapore has to take into account not just american interests, china is a big neighbor and there are strong commercial ties and cultural ties there as well area and in that sense singapore actually can serve as useful partner with us and with china to assure that the us china relationship moves in a productive way. which i think would be in the interest of both countries . so you know, this is going to be a central engine for world growth and if we do a good job in maintaining stability, ensuring the rules-based order, continuing to promote greater transparency and reducing corruption in the region so that all people are
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benefiting from the rapid growth that's taking place, then i think the future 50 years from now will be bright. jordan faber. >> thank you mister president. you are here today counting the transpacific partnership what hillary clinton is against it, or vice presidential nominee tim kaine has now reversed himself and is against it. donald trump is against it to meaning the next president is opposed to this deal. if you take both candidates at their word, how do you plan to get congress to pass this deal during the lame-duck and what is your plan to visit members to do so given the opposition i just described and secondly, ready essentials inside and outside the government have said they are almost certain that the hack of the democratic national committee came from russia. doesn't look to you like russia is meddling in the us election and what impact should that have on your administration's relationship
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with moscow? yes right now i am president and i'm for it and i think i've got the better argument. and i've made this argument before, i will make it again area we are part of a global economy. we are not reversing it. it can't be reversed. because it is driven by technology and it is driven by travel and cargo containers and the fact that the demand for products inside of our country means we've got to get some things from other places and our export sector is a huge contributor to jobs and our economic well-being . most manufactured products now involve a global supply
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chain where parts are made in all corners of the globe and converge and then get assembled and packaged and sold and so the notion that we are going to pull that up root and branch is unrealistic, point number one. point number two, it is absolutely true, the evidence shows that some past trade deals have not delivered on all the benefits that were promised and had very localized costs, there were communities that were hurt because plants moved out. people lost were created because of those trade deals but jobs were also lost and people who experienced those losses, those communities didn't get as much help as they needed to.
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and what is also true is that as a consequence of globalization and automation , what you've seen is labor, workers losing leverage and capital being mobile, being able to locate around the world. that has all contributed to growing inequality both here in the unitedstates but in many advanced economies . so there's a real problem but the answer is not cutting off globalization. the answer is, how do we make sure that globalization, technology, automation, those things work for us, not against us and tpb is designed to do precisely that. number one, it knocks out 18,000 carats that other countries place on goods. our economy currently has fewer terrace, is more open than many of our trading partners so if everybody agrees we are going to have
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lower tariffs, that's good for american businesses and workers and we should want that. we should pursue it. number two, the complaint about previous trade deals was because labor agreements and environmental agreements sounded good but they weren't enforceable the same way that you could complain about tariffs and actually get action to ensure that tariffs were not enforced. well, tpb actually strengthens labor agreements and environmental agreements and they are just as enforceable as any other part of the agreement. in fact, people take them so seriously that right now for example, vietnam is drafting and presenting unprecedented labor reforms in vietnam,
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changing the constitution to recognize worker organizations in vietnam for the first time. so what we are doing is we are raising standards for workers in those countries which means it's harder for them to undercut labor standards here in the united states the same is true for environmental standards, the same is true for things like human trafficking where we've got a country like malaysia taking really serious efforts to crack down on human trafficking. why? because tpp says you need to. it gives us leverage to promote things that progressives and people here in this country including labor unions say they care about. so if you care about preventing abuse of workers, child labor, wildlife
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trafficking, overfishing, the decimation of forests, all those things are addressed in this agreement. i have not yet heard anybody make an argument that the existing trading rules are better for issues like labor rights and environmental rights then they would be if we got tpp past. and so i'm going to continue to make this case and i've got some very close friends, people i admire a lot but i just disagree with them and that's okay. i respect the arguments that they are making. they are coming from a sincere concern about the physician of workers and
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wages in this country but i think i got the better argument and i got the evidence to support it. and hopefully after the election is over and the dust settles, there will be more attention to the actual facts behind the deal and it won't just be a political symbol or political football. and i will actually sit down with people on both sides on the right and left. i'll sit down publicly andwe will go through the whole provisions . i would enjoy that because there's a lot of misinformation. i'm confident i can make the case this is good for american workers and the american people and people said we were going to be able to get the trade authority to even present this before congress and somehow we muddle through and got done and i intend to do the same
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with respect to the actual agreement . you had a second question, that was a long answer. i apologize mister prime minister but once in a while ... the fbi is still doing an investigation, you are right that there have been assessments made that this might have been a russian . what i can tell you without commenting on the specifics is that there are a lot of countries out there that are trying to hack into our stuff. governmental, databases but also private-sector databases and not-for-profit databases and this is why we stood up such an aggressive effort to strengthen our cyber security. and we have provisions in place where if we see evidence of a malicious attack by a state actor, we
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can impose potentially certain promotional penalties but that requires us to really be able to pin down and know what we are talking about so i don't want to get ahead of the legal evidence and facts that we may have in order to make those kinds of decisions. more broadly, we are trying to promote international norms and rules that say there are certain things that states should not be doing to each other when it comes to cyber attacks. there are certain things that are out of bounds. and those norms i think are going to slowly build and get more adherence over time but we are still early in the process. in some ways the explosion of the internet and its importance to our
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communications systems has far outstripped the legal architecture to protect them and we are playing catch-up. but we are going to have to keep on adding it. in terms of how it affects our relationship with russia, i think we've already got a lot of differences with russia on a whole bunch of issues . but i think that we've been able to try to stay focused on those areas where we still have a common interest, understanding that we have deep disagreements on issues like the ukraine but perhaps potentially we have an interest in bringing an end to violence in syria. how do we balance those issues? that's pretty standard statecraft at this point with russia.
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if in fact russia is engaged in this activity , it's just on a long list of issues that me and mister putin talk about and that i've got a real problem with. and so i don't think that it wildly swings what is a tough difficult relationship that we have with russia not right now. but it's not going to stop us from pursuing solutions don't so that we can for example implement the agreement and get russia and those separatists to lay down arms and stop bullying the ukraine. it's not going to stop us from making sure that we can bring a political transition inside of syria that can end the hardship there. what can i say something about tpp? i don't want to wade into your domestic politics looking at this from somebody on the other side of the
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pacific weston intimately involved and in fact triggered the process because we started the p4, the sta on which the tpp falls and has become important, the economic argument for the tpp in terms of trade that the president has presented eloquently what thebenefits are to american companies , it's a deal in which the countries have negotiated, each one providing market access on their side in terms of gaining market access on the other side. each one committing to moves in exchange for the other side committing to rules. it's a hard-fought bargaining process. the negotiators spend many trips, many nights, many dawns and pointed out but actually at the end of it everybody must decide is it a plus or minus for them. >> mark and i think


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